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  1. Paul T

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Generally no. I have done this with jeans to keep them dark and orginal size. There might be some shrinkage and even fading but it's negligible. Might vary with modern , less toxic chemicals but I suspect it will still be minimal.
  2. Paul T

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    IIRC, in the late 70s, Cone changed the fabric to be pre-skewed, to eliminate leg twist. (I don't know how well it works, as when I used to go thru stacks of 501 in the 80s, you'd see lots and lots of leg twist). One guess therefore might be that Kaihara have over done the pre-skewing? Although my recollection , without checking, is it started in 79. That's only a guess, as I don't really understand how pre-skewing works, and even people experts like Ralph Tharpe aren't too sure why some jeans show more leg twist than others.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Ah, thanks for this. The Kaihara looks like a kind of cross between the first Kurabo, and the Cone. They seem to say the Kaihara version is completely loomstate. (and btw I'm saying that we started the loomstate craze on SuFu with the Roy Cone fabric. It was my and Ralph Tharpe's notion to do that, with the 1915 yarn. I don't recall anyone doing that before). Has anyone else noticed how the cut looks really different? In the Rakuten photo the tilt from front to back looks much more drastic.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Ha, so the reason that fabric looks like Cone is because... they're using old photos of Cone. Of course, i'm assuming the new faric is Kaihara, but there is a chance it's Kurabo, who produced the first version. Looks nothing at all like the Cone, which is blue-er and much much gnarlier. Have we had any indication? My 1890s are Kurabo and are looking pretty good, they fade from a black blue to a very turquoise colour. But not as nice as the Cone, or the natural indigo that TCB are using for their 3-pleat, which looks pretty like the Cone, nice and stripey.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Ew. Ah, that's sad. Does it state that somewhere? Could be wrong, but it looked to me as if they'd reduced retail, if so that explains it. Fabric does look interesting though.
  6. Paul T

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    You're right, I should have emphasised that that might simply be the wrong photo etc, just wanted to point out what was wrong in the pic posted.
  7. Paul T

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    That earleir pic had the wrong pockets, with diamonds on the bottom of the arcuates, wrong shape for both pocket and arcuate . Like a Thai fake!
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Sorry, been doing real world work. I don't know why there are deep discounts, might well be normal with the economy. The 1880s natural indigo are the ones I wrote about earlier. Here's the indigo being harvested. The Three Pleat jacket is an identical denim except that it's synthetic-dyed. Can't wait to start on my jeans in the summer (the jacket is looking good, much like the last pix I posted except dirtier). At some point I'll post the latest version of my 1890s, 10 years old now, and starting to look somewhat worn-in. 3-pleat jacket on discount looks very tempting, that looks like it's still the Cone to me??? Yep, those 1937 look like a total botch! I wonder how all the Kaihara fabric is looking, would love to get updates.
  9. Paul T

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    All the Lot 1 are indeed Sanforized, because they're all made bespoke it would be impossible to account for the differential shrinkage.
  10. Paul T

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    ooh, aren't they nice! That is a lovely back pocket shape, I wish the 60s were a little more like that.
  11. Paul T

    New Contest Suggestions

    Oh sorry I meant 44. My bad.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    You're right. They wanted to have 'earlier' jeans and for some crazy reason decided to call them after the 201 to make them more distinct. But they're really 501. The later 201 with Kurabo fabric is a pretty accurate replica (apart from the run with the wrong arcuates!)
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    New Contest Suggestions

    I'd be interested in a 1942 cut, Warehouse would be nice
  14. Paul T

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Yay! A Hat! I really need a hat. Congratulations everyone, yobyashi especially, your jeans look great xxx http://tcbjeans.com/2019/11/10/24017
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    That's a great option, if it is available shorter. It's purely a preference thing, I don't have any other jackets but the 3-pleat because I have just gone off the trucker style. The Levi's one is very tilted, it's a subtle cut. If it's natural indigo that would have to be a two or three year contest. You couldn't wear them all the time like jeans. Also, think of the folks with day jobs!